Luxury hotel holiday Il Falconiere Tuscany

Il Falconiere is a boutiqe 4-star hotel, Relais & Chateaux member, in the countryside outside the Etruscan town of Cortona. This is a family-run affair, with Michelin-starred Silvia the chef and Riccardo and son being very involved in the estate including its wine production. The 22 rooms and suites are housed in the main villa and several cottages in the grounds. The decoration is light and elegant, enriched by artisanal fabrics, frescoed walls and antique furniture. The gardens and terraces offer delightful views of the Valdichiana with its cypress and olive trees. An excellent choice for fine dining, wine exploration, cookery and Etruscan history.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Il Falconiere, near Cortona

Il Falconiere is an exclusive, charming country hotel in a beautiful rural location. Cuisine is certainly the main focus of this hotel, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, cooking classes, vineyard tours and wine tastings on offer.

Facts in brief

Location The hotel is in the country, 10-minutes' drive from Cortona

Annual opening 23 March to 3 November

Closest airport Florence, Pisa, Rome, Perugia

Distance from airport About 90-minutes' drive from Florence Airport and 2-hours' and 20-minutes' drive from Pisa Airport

Hotel facilities and services

1 Star Michelin Restaurant with panoramic terrace, Winery, 2 Swimming Pools (open May to September), Bar, Terrace, Garden, Lift, Room Service, Babysitting, Complimentary Parking, Cookery Courses and Wine Tours, Thesan Etruscan Spa with complimentary access to the Steam Room, Sauna, Emotional Shower and Hydromassage Pool. Various experiences can be arranged such as Wine Tastings, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Falconry Course, Yoga and Golf. Weddings can be arranged.

Complimentary

Complimentary WiFi, Private Parking, soft drinks in minibar, access to the Thesan Spa's Steam Room, Sauna, Emotional Shower and Hydromassage Pool.

Land sports

Mountain Biking, Trekking, Riding,Yoga, and Golf.

Out and about nearby

The walled Etruscan hilltown of Cortona, Perugia, Arezzo and Lake Trasimeno. 

Sports nearby

Walking, Ellera Golf Course (18-hole), Riding, Tennis.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code IE89

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Il Falconiere, near Cortona

Room descriptions

Hotel Relais Il Falconiere offers 22 rooms with air-conditioning, WiFi, hairdryer, satellite television, safe, telephone and mini-bar. Extra beds can be added to some rooms on request.

Classic Double or Twin
Deluxe Double or Twin
Junior Suite
Suite
Executive Suite
Winery Master Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code IE89

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Il Falconiere, near Cortona

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Il Falconiere in Tuscany, our clients usually fly to Pisa or Florence airport or arrive by train at Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. We recommend the use of a hire-car for a stay at this hotel and we would include it in the price of holiday.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome and those 11 years or younger stay free on a B&B basis. Babysitting is available on request. The restaurant has a kids' menu, and numerous activities are available at the hotel, including cookery classes, the educational lessons of the Teaching Farm, creative arts and crafts classes, and photography sessions lead by a professional.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code IE89

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Il Falconiere, near Cortona

Highlights of Tuscany

Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend. The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

Cultural highlights of Tuscany

As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona.  

Festivals in Tuscany

Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest.  

Gastronomy in Tuscany

Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

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